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The Power of Habeas Corpus in America

Gregory, Anthony

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ISBN 10: 1107617774 / ISBN 13: 9781107617773
Published by The Independent Institute, 2013
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: The Power of Habeas Corpus in America

Publisher: The Independent Institute

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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Despite its mystique as the greatest Anglo-American legal protection, habeas corpus's history features opportunistic power plays, political hypocrisy, ad hoc jurisprudence, and many failures in effectively securing individual liberty. The Power of Habeas Corpus in America tells the story of the writ from medieval England to modern America, crediting the rocky history to the writ's very nature as a government power. The book weighs in on habeas's historical controversies - addressing its origins, the relationship between king and parliament, the U.S. Constitution's Suspension Clause, the writ's role in the power struggle between the federal government and the states, and the proper scope of federal habeas for state prisoners and for wartime detainees from the Civil War and World War II to the War on Terror. The concluding chapters stress the importance of liberty and detention policy in making the writ more than a tool of power. Taken as a whole, the book presents a more nuanced and critical view of the writ's history, showing the dark side of this most revered judicial power.

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This book tells the story of habeas corpus from medieval England to modern America, crediting the rocky history to the writ's very nature as a government power. The book weighs in on habeas's historical controversies - addressing the writ's role in the power struggle between the federal government and the states, and the proper scope of federal habeas for state prisoners and for wartime detainees from the Civil War and World War II to the War on Terror.

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